Asa Martin


This collection consists of photographs, print articles, clippings, discography, and reel-to-reel audio recordings documenting the career of old-time Kentucky singer and guitar player, Asa Martin. Audio material includes taped copies of his commercial recordings from the 20s and 30s and original recordings of 1970's era radio programs featuring Martin and his band, the Cumberland Rangers that were broadcast by WIRV in Irvine, Kentucky. Also included in the collection are several audio recorded interviews with Martin documenting various aspects of his career including commercial recording, vaudeville, and radio performing activity in the 1920s, 1930s, and especially his association with other rural Kentucky musicians including Madison County fiddler Doc Roberts, comedian-banjoist David "Stringbean" Akeman, the Amburgey Sisters, and Roy "Shorty" Hobbs.

See the Finding Aid to browse the complete Asa Martin Collection.